Fabrics and Materials for the Muff Base:
– White cotton.
– Polyester fiberfill.
– White thread.
Machine sewing, with hand stitches to finish the closing seam.
My first attempt at making a muff. I think I even had a muff when I was younger, but don’t remember anything about it.
I wanted to make sure I didn’t under stuff the form, but I’m not sure if it’s a little too poofy. It is very comfortable and I think it will keep my hands very warm.
I used scraps of white fabric, so both ends have a seam instead of being a full piece of fabric. I wanted to make use of some scraps I had. One end was sewn together by machine, and the end the filling was stuffed into was hand sewn closed. It’s essentially a long tube sewn into a circle, then folded in half and sewn shut on a side after filling.
Photos of Muff Base:
Fabrics and Materials for the Burgundy Cover:
– Burgundy satin.
– Black satin.
– Black ribbon.
– Various colored threads.
I looked at a few tutorials, like the blog entries I listed above, and then estimated the dimensions for my first attempt. It seemed to work out fine — I wasn’t shooting for any particular era or style. I mainly wanted something that would keep my hands warm and felt comfortable.
I’m not sure if this version is a little too unweildy or poofy yet (I was a little nervous about under-stuffing the form). I’m hoping to see how a few different covers work out and then possibly make a more streamlined version. My hands get very cold, which triggers fibromyalgia pain. I was determined to make sure whatever I sewed definitely kept my hands and wrists nice and warm!
Photos of Burgundy Muff Cover:
Fabrics and Materials for the Black Cover:
– Black satin.
– Black ribbon.
– Black sewing thread, and black serger thread.
My first muff cover was definitely not a “for every outfit” sort of color and design. I decided I needed something generic — both for different colored outfits, as well as different eras. I did not pay any attention to actual period styles, shapes, or sizes. I just needed something different than the first cover that would fit on the muff form.
I had plenty of leftover black satin, so I knew I could use that as the base. It was made the same way as the last one, except I made it a little wider to see if it covered the sides a little better. I probably would make the next one not quite as wide. It gets in the way of my hands a little, but I still like it.
As far as decorating it, I contemplated getting some black lace gathered in the same way, and then pleating a black ribbon over the center of those. I am trying to keep to a smart budget this year, and since I already had plenty of black satin, I decided to just trim it using the same fabric.
This satin unravels if you even look at it funny, so I decided to trim the edges with pinking shears instead of hemming it. I laid the two lines of gathered trim at the same location as the burgundy muff’s trim is, and used that muff cover’s trim as a guideline for how wide to make the black cover’s trim. I had also serged the edges of the base fabric, to keep it from unraveling.
Photos of Black Muff Cover: